Articles by Pat Lemieux

 
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I was “that guy” at the campground

on June 28, 2016, at 10:08 a.m.
It’s 11:00 pm. My eyes open. I hear chatter at the campsite next to ours. Chatter I didn’t hear when we were watching the stars at 9, or even as I drifted off to sleep at 10. The chatter was getting louder. At first, I thought it was 2 voices …
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What to pack when going camping

on June 24, 2016, at 8:30 a.m.
We are packing up the Subaru and taking the boy camping this weekend. When taking a small child camping it is important to make sure you are prepared for everything, however, you don’t want to bring everything you own into the woods either. With this in mind, I have listed out …
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Tips for attending your child’s recital.

on June 22, 2016, at 10:31 a.m.
“The second they open these doors I’m going to plow over you and your 85 year old mother-in-law because there is no way in Hell I’m letting you get a better seat than me!”
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Tee-Ball is a Roller Coaster of Emotion

on April 17, 2016, at 9:52 a.m.
Nothing is quite as American as that age-old tradition of playing baseball. So with that spirit in mind we fastened the velcro on my son’s shoes and dusted off his Ninja Turtle baseball mitt and headed out to Sluggers in Brewer for our firsts Saturday of tee-ball.
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A letter to my son on why I switched jobs

on March 10, 2016, at 8 p.m.
Recently I accepted a position as the marketing manager for C&L Aviation,  a well-respected and growing company in Bangor Maine.  The company is a one-stop shop for maintenance, painting and upgrading private and commercial jets. They are also involved in the sale, leasing and service of corporate airplanes around the world. …
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20 sort-of annoying things about raising a child

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
To make sure all the little things don’t go unnoticed.

20 sort-of annoying things about raising a child

By Pat Lemieux on Feb. 04, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
We all know the big ones. The really annoying shit that all parents have to go though when raising children. The bath-time fights, the battles over dinner, the rally against bedtime. But what about all the less-important gripes? As to make sure all the little things don’t go unnoticed here …
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20 sort-of annoying things about raising a child

on Feb. 04, 2016, at 6:09 a.m.
We all know the big ones. The really annoying shit that all parents have to go though when raising children. The bath-time fights, the battles over dinner, the rally against bedtime. But what about all the less-important gripes? As to make sure all the little things don’t go unnoticed here …
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To that other dad at the ice rink: Thank you

on Jan. 24, 2016, at 8:54 p.m.
Today was to be the day. Today was to be the first time I got my son out on ice skates with me, hockey sticks in hand. Like many fathers I too have just been waiting for the day when I could start playing my favorite sport with my little …
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BREAKING NEWS: Parents think other parents are doing it wrong.

on Jan. 07, 2016, at 7:50 p.m.
I read the post by Alex Steed published on this site earlier today. The post is a simple documentation about how he and his wife are choosing to raise their daughter. In the post Alex explains the type of language allowed in their house,  they way they respond and interact …
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Bangor Valentine’s Heart Gala

By Pat Lemieux on Jan. 05, 2016, at 2:32 p.m.
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Location: Morgan Hill Event Center, 82 Morgan Hill Ln., Hermon, Maine For more information: 5043902877; bangorgala.heart.org Join us for an elegant evening to support a great cause, and to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The Bangor Valentine’s Heart Gala includes fabulous hors d’oeuvres, …
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How a parent’s resolutions are different than yours.

on Jan. 01, 2016, at 8:45 p.m.
Because as parents we tend to think differently than our free, childless friends I have done up this quick chart of what New Year’s Resolutions look like for both groups. Happy New Year to you all!
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The best thing you can give your kids this Christmas.

on Dec. 22, 2015, at 1:08 p.m.
When you’re somebody like me who has always enjoyed being the center of attention, social media can have a very profound draw on the way you live your day-to-day life. It’s hard not to sit and stare at Facebook and let people know what you’re up to every moment of …
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Beating the dad bod.

on Nov. 11, 2015, at 10:36 a.m.
My eyes open. I shut off the alarm on my phone that has woken me up. How did I get here? Not physically how. I know that. I drove through most of the night so that I could be at a NY conference early this morning.  I mean how did …
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Halloween is over; how long until Christmas?

on Nov. 02, 2015, at 10:25 a.m.
It was a wild weekend for us. The culmination of weeks of planning and months of listening to my son talk about it; Halloween came. For us it is much less a sprint around the neighborhood in hopes of getting good candy, and more a marathon of decorating, crafting, planning …
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A typical morning with a three-year old

on Oct. 27, 2015, at 11 a.m.
Time: Sometime around 0-dark-30 Weather: (No idea, it’s dark out) BANG (The boy’s door opens) pitter patter pitter patter pitter patter (He runs to our room)Story continues below advertisement. BANG (He opens our door) One of my eyes opens to look at the clock. It is 5:40 in the morning. …
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I started to like writing again when I stopped caring

on Oct. 23, 2015, at 8:25 a.m.
This little blog of mine has been around now for almost 4 years. In that time I have learned a lot about writing, blogging, myself and my son. I’ve gone through ups and downs with this blog. Mostly because, for a long time I was trying really hard to do …
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Falling leaves brings up memories

on Oct. 22, 2015, at 10:06 a.m.
This is my son’s fourth fall. Each year he loves to rake up a huge pile of leaves and jump into them (I mean, who doesn’t). Every time I grab a picture or two and don’t think much of it; but last night I decided to dig the old ones …
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5 things that will go wrong at Story Land

on Sept. 30, 2015, at 8:27 p.m.
You may remember this summer that we tried taking our some to Story Land for the first time. It was a wonderful family vacation full of discovery and excitement. We all had so much fun that we decided to double down and head back a few weeks later for what …
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Why parents become weekend warriors during the summer

on Aug. 18, 2015, at 8:45 a.m.
While swimming and BBQing this past Sunday with friends, we had a conversation about the small handful of days left in the Maine summer. Before I knew it my last few precious weekends were filled up with logistics, long drives and family activities.   I tend to be a curmudgeon …